finally, a little work at 105

It has been months since I got to making something, well, something out of metal that is. Here are some firsts at 105...

used my beloved saw frame to size some bracelets! 

made good use of my vice and bracelet mandrel. I LOVE this stump!

and my first solder! 

sized up and hammered (click photo to shop)

sized up and hammered (click photo to shop)

soldered up some clasps for these (click photo to shop)

soldered up some clasps for these (click photo to shop)

It is so exciting to be back at my bench. 

happy summer's end!

kim

stumped

105 is coming along nicely. Since there is foot traffic over at Western Ave Studios I decided to take the time to put my tools on display so visitors can a glimpse at my jewelry making process. This took a lot planning as I need it to be functional and aesthetically pleasing. After some work days I wonder why I hadn't done this sooner. Not only does seeing my tools make me want to use them more creatively, but it also gives a better flow to my work process. 

my rolling mill has been installed on my favorite stump!

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

I wanted my dapping tools (not seen are mandrels and a hammer) handy.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

a thrifted leather belt and some screws did the trick.

I have made leaps and bounds in my progress. Rather than inundate you with one long post I will check in with more updates.

enjoy summer's end!

kim

Hammer time

105 is closer to being finished! It takes time when you're repurposing things, building things, doing all the things to complete your vision of what your creative space should look like and how it functions. Here are some progress shots and videos I am wicked excited about....

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

My hammer and tool cabinet is complete and nestled in nicely with my anvil and stumps.

Let's step back a little to get a glimpse of the elbow grease I put into this dream boat....

I found this shipping my crate in freespace at WAS. It had some stickers and tape on it. Being a jeweler, I care about the details and wasn't about to settle for anything less than perfection. So, I started sanding.  

Maybe I'm lazy, maybe I'm brilliant, (maybe I wanted a dance partner), either way I wanted this cabinet on wheels. 

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

From the top. I had this crazy idea that my bracelet mandrel should set into the shelf in the back.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

That crazy idea, it led to me looking like this. When you make do with the not so right tools for the job it gets messy.  

TA-DA! I think getting dirty was worth it. 

I love this thing I made. Seeing my tools will remind me of what I am capable of. It will inspire me to explore and create more. I'm looking forward to my adventures in 105. 

xo, kim  

Getting closer...

Little by little studio 105 is coming together. 

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It's been about a year and a half since I first dragged this stump to my old third floor space with the help of one of my best dudes. Now that it's settled easily in my first floor studio I finally mounted my vice to it. Why are didn't do this sooner, I have no idea.   

My work table for soldering and enameling is set up and ready to roar. 

A jeweler's bench isn't complete until you've mounted a bench pin. 

 

Thanks to some amazing customers I already shipped a couple of orders from Lowell! It felt great to shine up some earrings in my new space and utilize my new packaging area.

105 is starting to feel like home. There's still some boxes that need unpacking but my tools are ready to make stuff again. My shop is open and ready for business. In Stock! items ship in 1-4 business days, all other items have a 1-2 week fabrication time. 

happy summer!! 

xo, kim

Brass itty bitty necklace : behind the scenes...

I am loving my little adventures playing with brass. Here's a peek at how much work goes into these itty bitty necklaces...

Golden metal dust.  

Golden metal dust.  

Cutting discs... 

Cutting discs... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces  add some golden sunshine up your day.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces add some golden sunshine up your day.  

take a look at my new! section and shop for  brass and silver jewelry and enjoy free shipping until something newer comes along. 

xo, kim

Making it

Finally, I feel like I am making it. Making my jewelry, making more profit than ever (well, there wasn't really ever profit, just sustaining), making my life happen the way I want to. I would say making it on my own but I have a little help which I am beyond grateful for. Making it with help in many forms, the most important is the group of loved ones always cheering me on erasing my doubts and insecurities. Making it to boutiques and shops I had thought I would only dream of having my jewelry in. Making it in a wholesale world where people have sought my work out and chosen it to be a part of their curated collection. Making it to more and more places and to more and more shoppers and collectors that this girl from little old Fall River could have ever dreamed.  

 

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Last year I decided to get a little tattoo on my right wrist, my dominant arm, the one I hammer with, sand with, finish jewelry with, use pliers and hold a torch with. This little tattoo was to remind me that no matter where you came from or where you called home, a cardboard box, a studio, a place you share with a loved one, no matter what your background, support system or financial situation was if you worked toward your goals tirelessly your dreams will come true. It was a reminder to use what brought you down to make yourself stronger. To triumph over adversity, believe in yourself, to seek guidance and support through friends and family and to prove to those who doubted you just how wrong they were. It reminded me to set goals, lofty goals, realistic goals, embrace your passions and push forward in doing what you love. It was a reminder to take criticism with a grain of salt or as fuel to build a stronger fire and determination within yourself. It also serves as a reminder that life is short, fragile and unpredictable and to make everyday your best day and keep on doing what you love. This little tattoo also reminds me that art needn't be grand, small works can stand for larger ideas. What matters most is loving your process and finding the right audience which embraces your aesthetic as much as you do. Whatever gave me the guts to walk into that tattoo parlor one May afternoon on a whim and ask for a crude crown also gave me the guts to tell anyone who thought I should grow up and get a real job to keep their opinions to themselves. Have I ever looked at my pale wrist with deep black lines and thought, damn that was dumb? Hell yeah. But those thoughts are fleeting, they are moments of doubt when words of discouragement creep in. Those moments make me pause and bring up the feelings of the girl who walked into a tattoo parlor looking for a symbol of change, strength and the 'F#*!, I got this attitude' and rolled up her shirt sleeve, stuck her arm out and thought, 'huh, that didn't hurt' as she floated back to her car. Every day I get stronger, more confident and my I got this attitude takes up more space in my life. 

Thank you for making my dreams seem within reach. Cheerleaders, family, friends, my wagging pups and those who tell me I can't, you all set the fire that gets me going. Hugs and love to you all. 

xo, kim

ps: if you wouldn't mind I will start sharing other parts of my life away from my bench which have set me in the direction of realizing I am capable of much, much more than I ever dreamed possible. Coming soon... 

New stockist!

I am wildly excited to announce my earrings will be available at The Harvard Museum of Natural History.  

A dirty thumbs up to making piles of silver dust. 

A dirty thumbs up to making piles of silver dust. 

Always studying colors.  

Always studying colors.  

A handful of spring.  

A handful of spring.  

Soldering progress.  

Soldering progress.  

It's a wrap! 

It's a wrap! 

One of the lovely glass flowers seen on my visit.  

One of the lovely glass flowers seen on my visit.  

I am honored to be in the same building as the glass flowers shown above. These flowers have influenced me since I first saw them fifteen years ago. I can not think of a more perfect place for my enamel work nor could I have imagined my work could possibly end up here. I am grateful and excited and don't know what could really top this. 

xo, Kim  

Studio shots: itty bitty rings in the making

I take a lot of process photos. Maybe it's because I love metalsmithing tools.  Or because I find it awesome that shiny objects are born of fires, loud hammers, dirty pieces of sandpaper, whirring flex shafts and this solution we call pickle. Once metal shines we protect it, deam is precious and wear it with caution. 

Cutting ring shanks

Cutting ring shanks

Who needs fingerprints? 

Who needs fingerprints? 

Soldering complete. Now it's pickle time! 

Soldering complete. Now it's pickle time! 

My love of jewelry making means I will never have pretty nails and may be the perfect criminal. Without prints, who can catch me? 

My love of jewelry making means I will never have pretty nails and may be the perfect criminal. Without prints, who can catch me? 

Months after dreaming these up,  itty bitty rings  are finally in my shop.

Months after dreaming these up, itty bitty rings are finally in my shop.

I love them stacked!  

I love them stacked!  

Seeing as jewelry is a huge part of my life, just as much as making it is, I strive to create work which is subtle and easily worn. Size, shape, textures and finishes are taken into account when I consider the wear and tear these shiny objects endure. I guess that's how my designs ended up so simple yet rich in subtle details. If I can wear my work while hammering, soldering and sanding then I can be pretty certain you will find my designs perfect for every day too. My finger prints may get worn away but my jewelry will remain timeless. 

As always a huge thank you to all of my customers who keep me doing what I love, creating piles of silver dust. Without you my itty bitty designs wouldn't  continue grow to become collections.

xo, Kim

itty bitty bracelets!

 

I spent a few snowy days in my studio whipping up designs which had piled up in my sketchbook. Here's the newest addition to my itty bitty collection.... 

Sunshine and soldering

Sunshine and soldering

Ready to be formed  

Ready to be formed  

Ready to be worn

Ready to be worn

itty bitty cuff bracelets.

I'm smitten!

xo, Kim  

City dweller hoop earrings

These two hands of mine were busy making two pairs of city dwellers hoops this past week.  

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When I literally dreamt these up six years ago... 

I didn't dream they would still be in demand now. Thank you for enjoying my work and proving it is simply timeless. 

xo, Kim